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Astronomy : A Physical Perspective

Astronomy : A Physical Perspective - 87 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471604990

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Publisher: Harpercollins College Division
Published: 1987
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Astronomy : A Physical Perspective - 87 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471604990

Marc L. Kutner

ISBN13: 978-0471604990
ISBN10: 0471604992
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 87
Publisher: Harpercollins College Division

Published: 1987
International: No
Summary

This calculus-based introductory text thoroughly explains how and why certain astronomical phenomena occur and how astronomers collect and interpret information about stars and the solar system. Incorporates the most recent theories and findings in the field, including particle physics and cosmology, results from recent observations of space, and new information on star formation, the galactic center, and dark matter. Fully describes the nature and properties of stars; the cycle of stellar birth, life, and death; the nature of galaxies; and the overall structure of the universe. Throughout the book, the emphasis is on understanding phenomena by applying some basic physical principles to a variety of situations. Contains extensive examples, useful equations, problem sets, chapter summaries, and test examples.

Table of Contents

CLUSTER 1. PROPERTIES OF STARS.

Continuous Radiation from Stars.
Spectral Lines In Stars.
Telescopes.
Binary Stars--Stellar Masses.
The Sun: A Typical Star.

CLUSTER 2. STELLAR EVOLUTION.

Relativity.
Protostars.
The Main Sequence.
Stellar Old Age.
The Fate of High-mass Stars.
Evolution in Close Binaries.
Clusters of Stars.

CLUSTER 3. THE MILKY WAY GALAXY.

Contents of the Interstellar Medium.
Star Formation.
The Milky Way Galaxy.
Normal Galaxies.


CLUSTER 4. THE UNIVERSE AT LARGE.

Clusters of Galaxies.
Active Galaxies and Quasars.
Cosmology.
The Big Bang.


CLUSTER 5. THE SOLAR SYSTEM.

Overview of the Solar System.
The Earth and Moon.
The Inner Planets.
The Outer Planets.
Minor Bodies in the Solar System.

Appendices
Index.

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